One of the world’s most important and persistent conflicts, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has undergone important shifts in recent years. The American-led peace process has officially failed. Last summer’s violence ended with few possibilities for a lasting resolution. Meanwhile, political trends within Israeli and Palestinian society point to future obstacles to a negotiated peace. In addition to each society's own stakes in a peaceful resolution, persistence of this conflict feeds instability in the Middle East and aggravates global public opinion.
Join The City Club of Cleveland, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs and International Partners in Mission as we welcome Joel Beinin, Ph.D., a historian at Stanford University and one of the country’s leading scholars on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in conversation with WCPN host/producer Tony Ganzer. His visit to Cleveland is well-timed. On March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a U.S. Congress joint session, and elections in Israel are scheduled for just a few weeks later. At the same time, Palestinian moves in the United Nations and at the International Criminal Court are increasing.